10 ways to encourage children to read

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Being a reader leads to a productive, enriched life in which your child can master complex information, pursue passions, and make a decent living,” says www.rasisesmartkid.com. “Reading opens your child’s mind to the world and greatly increases her life prospects.” Here are top tips to help you and your child enjoy reading together… 

1. Let your child choose. Plan a field trip to the library and let your child choose books that interest them. A librarian can help steer them in the right direction, too. Keep books readily available at home, in the car, wherever your day takes you. www.rif.org

2. Zero in on the child’s interests. Before you do anything, take a step back and examine what interests, excites or intrigues your child. Knowing what interests him can help you pinpoint what types of texts he may enjoy reading. www.pbs.org

3. Establish a reading time, even if it is only ten minutes a day. www.readingrockets.org

4. Take turns reading aloud with your child. One reader notes the only way she can get her 12-year-old daughter to finish a book is by taking turns reading with her. After she reads a chapter, they discuss it, and then they switch roles for the following chapter. www.greatschools.org

5. Get comfortable! Snuggle up together somewhere warm and cosy, whether it’s in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa. And make sure your child has somewhere comfy to read on their own too. www.uk.pearson.com

6. Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house. www.bbc.co.uk 

7. Listen to your child reading. It’s still really important that your child continues to read aloud to you and this may or may not be from levelled books now, depending on how well their reading is coming along. The emphasis will be on reading fluently and with expression, understanding more complex plots and broadening their vocabulary as well as building an understanding of how punctuation and grammar are used. www.oxfordowl.co.uk

8. As your children grow, introduce them to books that match their interests and hobbies. Show them how a good book can expand their knowledge in a particular area, and expand their horizons as well. www.wikihow.com

9. Reward reading.  If your kid spends a considerable time reading, treat her to an ice cream or a movie, or playing video game hours. www.raisesmartkid.com

10. Above all - make it fun! It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices: children love this! www.booktrust.org.uk


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